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Kenya to supply KFC and global restaurant chains with homegrown potatoes

KFC and other global restaurant chains will soon be prohibited from importing pre-cut potatoes, as part of a policy change aimed at increasing the capacity of local farmers to supply these international establishments, as Constant Munda reports for Business Daily.

The Ministry of Co-operatives and Small Enterprises has announced that Kenya has imported ‘Memphis’ potato seedlings, a variety endorsed by KFC and currently being tested in major potato-producing regions.

Co-operatives Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui confirmed that the seedlings had received approval from the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) and the Ministry of Agriculture.

“Already in our possession, the seedlings have undergone Kephis procedures, gained approval, and now been introduced to our farmers in Nyandarua, Timboroa (Baringo), Molo, and Elburgon [Nakuru],” Chelugui stated in Nairobi yesterday.

He added, “We foresee that all varieties of potatoes used in KFC [restaurants] and other international food chains will be sourced from Kenya in the future. This will result in increased income for our farmers, conserving our dollars, and fostering our industries.”

Source: Business Daily. Read the full story here
Photo: KFC Nairobi. Credit Business Daily | NMG

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